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DB Engineering & Consulting begins operations as of April [Railway]

Deutsche Bahn has reorganised its infrastructure engineering business. As off 1 April, DB ProjektBau and DB International had been merged to form DB Engineering & Consulting (DB E&C). DB's expertise in national infrastructure projects and its international engineering and consulting expertise are now consolidated in a single company.

"The German government and DB will invest some EUR 35 billion in Germany's rail network – more than ever before – by 2019", said Dr Volker Kefer, Vice-Chairman and Member of the Management Board for the Infrastructure, Services and Technology Division at Deutsche Bahn. "By merging these two units, we are creating synergy, improving our efficiency and bundling our expertise in the relevant disciplines. We are tackling challenges head on", he continued.

DB Engineering & Consulting has some 4,000 employees from 66 countries, who will contribute their expertise in all disciplines relevant to rail. The company works in design and construction supervision, in fields such as structural engineering, transport facilities and electromechanical engineering; design and acceptance testing; environment, geotechnical engineering and surveying; and project management and consulting. Within Germany, DB E&C is represented by a number of locations in DB's seven regions. Worldwide, it has offices in 28 countries on six continents.

"Our employees have excellent technical skills, which are valued in Germany and the rest of the word", said Niko Warbanoff, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors at DB Engineering & Consulting. "We have set out to be the world's leading engineering and consulting firm in the rail sector and to help shape the railway for the world of tomorrow", he added.

DB E&C has completed a diverse range of reference projects, including the relocation of Hamburg-Altona long-distance train station (design and approval planning); quality and safety plans for the new metro in Kochi, southern India; overall design management for the Cologne-Nippes ICE depot; supervision of operations for the Mecca Metro in Saudi Arabia; design and construction supervision for the German Unity construction project VDE 8; and consulting for maintenance and high-speed transport in China.

Posted at 17:16   パーマリンク


Deutsche Bahn: revenues above EUR 40 billion for the first time • Higher long-distance patronage [Railway]

The 2015 fiscal year saw Deutsche Bahn's revenues top EUR 40 billion for the first time in the company's history. Patronage in long-distance rail transport in Germany also rose again, by 2.2%. "As happy as we are with these positive developments, a self-critical look shows us that we did not achieve the targets we set," said DB CEO Dr. Rüdiger Grube at the annual results press conference for the 2015 fiscal year in Berlin. "At EUR 1.76 billion, our earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were down considerably year on year, due in part to the strikes we faced. We need to make far-reaching improvements, and that is why we launched a Group restructuring process and our 'Zukunft Bahn' (future of rail operations in Germany) program last year to raise quality in a noticeable way for our customers and thus return to a path of economic success."

At EUR 40.5 billion, DB's revenues in 2015 were up EUR 748 million, or 1.9%, from the year prior. At EUR 1.76 billion, adjusted EBIT was down EUR 350 million, or 16.6%, from the previous year's figure. Due in part to special write-downs in rail freight transport and non-recurring items as a result of the restructuring process – which together amounted to some EUR 1.67 billion – DB posted a net loss for the year of EUR 1.3 billion. Gross capital expenditures rose by 2.4% to EUR 9.3 billion, primarily due to higher investment in infrastructure. Net financial debt rose by 7.9% year on year, to EUR 17.5 billion. "We are launching the largest investment campaign in the history of Deutsche Bahn AG, and the rise in our net financial debt is a product of that," said DB CFO Dr. Richard Lutz. "We remain a reliable, stable and sound partner on the capital markets."

Deutsche Bahn made progress in environmental protection in 2015, raising the percentage of renewables in traction power by 2.4 percentage points to 42.0%. The company also retrofitted more than 6,000 freight cars with whisper brakes, raising the total number of retrofitted freight cars by a good 90% year on year. By the end of this year, half of all DB's freight cars will be retrofitted; by 2020, all of them.

Passenger transport
DB Long Distance transported 132 million passengers by rail in 2015,
2.9 million, or 2.2%, more than the year prior. DB Regio, on the other hand, saw a decline in the number of rail and bus passengers of 1.2% to 2.5 billion.

Freight transport and logistics
In the rail freight sector, DB's volume fell by 4.3% year on year, to 98.4 billion metric ton kilometers. Business at DB Schenker saw a positive trend, with the number of European land transport consignments up 2.9% and air freight volumes up 1.4%. Contract logistics again saw a strong increase in revenues of some 17%. Only ocean freight saw lower volumes, with a drop of 2.1%.

German rail traffic rose once again in 2015, with a 1% increase in the volume produced. Operators outside the DB Group saw their market share rise to 27.5% (following 25.0% in the year prior) – testimony to the effectiveness of competition in the rail transport market.

Posted at 17:20   パーマリンク


Deutsche Bahn supports the rapid growth of the railway network in Saudi Arabia [Railway]

Railway transport is growing rapidly on the Arabian Pen-insula. The members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are investing heavily in railway infrastructure and are planning services between Oman, Sau-di Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.

"We have concrete plans to expand our rail network from 3,000 to 22,000 kilo-meters. This is one of the biggest investments in rail infrastructure. Saudi Arabia is looking to intensify its economic relationship with Germany, with whom a reli-able partnership has been existing since 70 years. We value the technical ex-pertise and high level of quality of Deutsche Bahn and view it as important to continue our collaborative partnership," remarked His Excellency Dr. Alawwad, Ambassador-designate from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a meeting with DB CEO Dr. Rüdiger Grube in Berlin. "Saudi Arabia has consistently put its fo-cus on rail and we are delighted to be the preferred partner in implementing this project," said Grube.

The largest projects in the region are currently underway in Saudi Arabia, where DB International, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, has been a key partner for the Saudi Arabian railways for many years. The first high-speed connection on the Arabian Peninsula is currently under construction in Saudi Arabia. "We were commissioned to carry out design review for the track superstructure, electro-mechanical engineering, construction supervision, monitoring of vehicle produc-tion and project management in September 2013," explained Niko Warbanoff, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of DB International.

The double-track electrified high-speed line is 450 kilometers long and offers fast, comfortable and reliable service between Jeddah and the holy sites of Mecca and Medina. The maximum speed on the route will be 320 kilometers per hour.

Posted at 18:14   パーマリンク

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